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--- Mar 24 1999 Go to category
Subject: Techniques/Feelings
Category: Producing
From: Brian johnson (detroit, michigan)

Being a young producer but "older" musician, I have to ask this question: As you produce your music do you ever find yourself saying is this enough tracks of music to state/convey the feeling of the song? With the music I am producing, I find myself asking this question over and over and sometimes not coming up with one. With your music so beautifully arranged, I cannot help wonder how you keep yourself grounded and not going nuts with adding "too" many tracks of music which distract the ear. By the way, I am working on a dedication from you called "Mathenyism".

Pat’s Answer:

hi brian,

it always depends on what story it is that you want to tell - for some things, less can really be more, but for others, i guess we often go beyond what we think we need and then scale back to the essence of what each musical moment seems to want.